Saturday, April 2, 2016

The Month(s) in Reading: February and March

I started to do this monthly update in January and naturally fell out of it at the beginning of February and March. So maybe every other month?

For a long time it seemed like the needle was stuck in terms of reading. This seems to happen with me whenever I have a productive year of reading: the next year seems to be one where I just can't get any traction. Luckily, it looks like I'm finally making some movement towards the annual goal of at least sixty books and three-hundred and sixty-five short works.

The Year in Books, as of the end of March: Ten! And up from that as of the time of this posting.

The Year in Shorts, as of the end of March: 142! The logjam here was broken between picking up some classic anthologies and reading for the Hugo nominations.

As you can see from the last list, the books in progress have changed. A number of titles have shuffled off (completed), even more have shuffled on. Many are the same (stalled progress). Pretty typical for my reading plan that is never a plan.

In progress are: (01) Poul Anderson: The Dancer from Atlantis. (02) Jorge Luis Borges: Ficciones. (03) Ben Bova and Les Johnson: Rescue Mode. (04) John Brunner: The Jagged Orbit. (05) Apsley Cherry-Garrard: The Worst Journey in the World. (06) C.J. Cherryh: Chanur's Homecoming. (07) C.J. Cherryh: Downbelow Station. (08) Bernard Cornell: Sharpe's Rifles. (09) Alexis A. Gilliland: The Revolution from Rosinante. (10) Robert E. Howard: The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian. (11) Stanley Karnow: Vietnam. (12) Damon Knight: In Search of Wonder. (13) Fritz Leiber: Smoke Ghost and Other Apparitions. (14) Fritz Leiber: Swords and Deviltry. (15) Michael Lewis: The Big Short—Inside the Doomsday Machine. (16) George R.R. Martin & Co.: Wild Cards 01. (17) George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois: Old Venus. (18) Melcher Media & Microsoft Corporation: Future Visions—Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft. (19) Michael Moorcock: Elric—The Stealer of Souls. (20) Nisi Shawl & Bill Campbell (editors): Stories for Chip—A Tribute for Samuel R. Delany. (21) Thomas Pynchon: Gravity's Rainbow. (22) Greg Stafford: King of Sartar. (23) Allen Steele: Sex and Violence in Zero-G: The Complete "Near Space" Stories (Expanded Edition) (Revised Edition). (24) Neal Stephenson: The Diamond Age. (25) Jonathan Strahan: Meeting Infinity.  (26) Howard Tayler: The Teraport Wars. (27) David Weber, Timothy Zahn, Thomas Pope: A Call to Arms. (28) Roger Zelazny: The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny, Volume 01—At the Threshold.

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